Afghan suicide attack kills 4 militants, Taliban claims responsibility

14:29, June 30, 2010      

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A suicide attack and gun battle carried out by Taliban militants in Jalalabad city the capital of Nangarhar province in east Afghanistan Wednesday morning left three attackers dead and injured a soldier with NATO- led forces.

An official with Press Department of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in eastern region told media that a group of militants armed with weapons and suicide vests stormed eastern part of Jalalabad airport Wednesday morning.

The source also said that Afghan and NATO-led troops repelled the attack as a result three militants were killed, adding an ISAF soldier was also injured in the incident.

Meantime, an officer with Afghan army Colonel Asmatullah told Xinhua that militants attacked the entry gate of Jalalabad airport. "One militant blew himself up next to the gate of the airport and three others opened fire but all the three were killed by security forces," Asmatullah asserted.

The suicide bomber was also killed in the blast, he further said.

The official also stressed that the situation is under control.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed of responsibility for the attack in Jalalabad.

In talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location, Mujahid said that six Taliban suicide bombers stormed Jalalabad airport Wednesday morning killing themselves and over two dozen Afghan and foreign soldiers.

However, Colonel Asmatullah rejected the Taliban claim as baseless, stressing there were four attackers and all were killed.

Source: Xinhua


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